World Cup's Overnight Rating Tops '99 Final NBC Generally Praised For NASCAR Coverage Turner Sports Reinstates Greg Anthony Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes
Published August 7, 1996
Randall Cunningham is a "top candidate" to be a studio analyst on TNT's football broadcasts this year, according to TNT spokesperson Greg Hughes (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 8/7)....AOL has acquired multiplayer on-line game service, InagiNation Network, from AT&T (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/7)....Lee Winfrey of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER reviews the new HBO comedy series, "Arli$$": "If sitcoms were judged like gymnastics, ["Larry Sanders"] star Gary Shandling would grab the gold medal with a perfect score of 10 and ["Arli$$" star Robert] Wuhl would be a cinch for the silver at 9.9" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/7). Michael Hiestand notes the characters may "seem creative to the casual viewers, but stereotypical to sports devotees" (USA TODAY, 8/7)....According to people close to the talks, Time Warner and Seagram's are "exploring ways" for Seagram to shed its 14.9% stake in Time Warner (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/7)....Sports Illustrated Presents' "College Football '96" hit newsstands Monday. The magazine will only be sold at retail outlets and has 15 regional covers (SI)....With two months to go before the debut of WBIS+ in New York, joint owners Dow Jones and ITT appear "at odds" over the channel's make-up. According to one exec, "The basic problem there is that I don't believe there is a clear picture of what they are talking about except this extremely vague idea that they are going to be a news and sports channel" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 8/5 issue).